Hawthorn 2.3-15 6.6-42 8.6-54 12.7-79
Mhsob 3.8-26 10.10-70 19.15-129 24.18-162
Goal Kickers: K. Smith 8, N. Hawking 6, B. Jellis 3, R. Gavan 2, S. Villani, J. Tran, M. Wilson, T. Hickey, J. Sherwin
Best Players: J. Tran, A. Tran, M. Wilson, R. Gavan, W. Suhr, S. Villani
As the finals dream draws nearer to being a reality, third placed MHS visited luckless last placed Hawthorn. With the Yarra Valley v Prahran game this round the high school had an opportunity to earn a games breathing space over their fourth placed adversaries.
The opening quarter saw the Jarrod ‘Toad Fish’ Pagonis make his long awaited senior debut after excelling under Bernard Cook’s tutelage in the early game. It didn’t take his team mates long to adjust and he was quickly involved through the middle. With James Tran continuing a stellar month of form MHS had plenty of run off early allowing them to dominate the inside 50s count.
Despite this ascendancy it took until the second quarter for a handy lead to be earned, Kane Smith and Nick Hawking finding the middle of the big sticks on a number of occasions. Even the oracle Beau Jellis got in on the act, despite the ribbing from his own peanut gallery.
As the game wore on, Hawthorn tired and the goals began to flow. Will Suhr giving the midfielders premium service as MHS ran home 83 point winners.
Hawthorn 0.1-1 0.1-1 1.2-8 2.3-15
Mhsob 3.6-24 12.6-78 17.11-113 23.15-153
Goal Kickers: W. Rebakis 5, M. Mazoletti 4, J. Lewis 3, J. McWhinney 2, J. Bukor 2, M. Fennessy-Kent, K. McDonald, O. Miles, R. Shell, B. Burton, L. Toman, N. Clampett
Best Players: B. Burton, S. Hayes, J. Bukor, R. Shell, O. Miles, M. Fennessy-Kent
On the back of their most comprehensive performance of the year the reserves juggernaught had picked up some momentum. With percentage potentially playing a big part in the top 2 situation Hawthorn would not be in for an easy day.
Ben Burton would be the man to get MHS going early as he found a way through traffic out of the middle. He was joined by Jackson ‘The Kid’ Bukor, who unlike his self appointed nickname was in good form. The two wingers doing the early damage.
The McWinney brothers would be the next to fire up, James performing his signature “soup” celebration followed aptly by his brother Charlie with point of the season. The reserves 77 point halftime lead would be thanks to the most redheaded forward line in VAFA history. Max Mazoletti, William Rebakis, Chad Hewish, Johnny Moran and “strawberry blonde” Jason Lewis all contributing in that manner.
The reserves would run out comfortable winners, with no major injuries or suspensions to count for, despite thug life duo Sam Hayes and Lukas Toman’s best efforts.